At this stage in our journey, social responsibility for our team no longer requires initiatives or check-the-box tracking mechanisms. Our employees automatically reach out and work shoulder to shoulder to make things better in our communities. We don’t have to travel far to understand and contribute to interests like education, veterans or improving the environment around us. This just comes naturally to us. It is who we are and is embedded in our purpose: enabling safe, affordable energy, improving people’s lives.

We are proud of our efforts and contributions, and we like to share them through our Baker Hughes snapshots, featured in the Photo Gallery of this report. We love to see the smiling faces of teams across the globe, showing how our Baker Hughes family extends from our employees to beyond our fence lines and into our communities.



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  • Enabling Education

    Baker Hughes donated $1.9 million worth of technical software and computers to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) in 2016, continuing our support of education initiatives to develop the next generation of innovators. Baker Hughes’ JewelSuite reservoir modeling software, MFrac hydraulic fracture design and simulation software and Completion ArchiTEX 3D completion design software will enhance teaching, learning and research in both the Department of Geosciences and the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University.

    This suite of modeling software is the industry standard and will give students a jump-start when they enter the job market. The donation follows numerous gifts to Penn State over the past decade. In 2013, Baker Hughes donated $350,000 to renovate and modernize the newly named Baker Hughes Production Engineering Laboratory, an educational teaching laboratory. Numerous other gifts established multiple undergraduate student scholarships. And, representatives from the company visit the university campus frequently to speak to classes and recruit students for internships and careers.

    “I’m proud of the work that Penn State does to develop new generations of innovators in our industry, and we at Baker Hughes are excited to provide a software gift that will help to further Penn State’s research and educational mission,” said Martin Craighead, Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes, who graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering. “It’s important that we devote resources to help train top talent, and partnering with Penn State and other universities is an excellent way to do that.”



    Baker Hughes has a longstanding commitment to education, with partnerships in key locations where we operate. In Angola, we’ve sponsored scholarships and educational programs for more than eight years. And, our employees engage routinely with students in their area, hosting numerous educational visits to our facilities and visiting local schools to foster an understanding about Baker Hughes and our work. Just a few of these educational outreach activities are highlighted in the snapshots provided in this section.

  • Restoring the Environment

    Every year, Baker Hughes teams across the world step up and volunteer their time to preserve our environment and support our Purpose: “Enabling safe, affordable energy, improving people’s lives.” Our employees take pride in contributing to their communities in ways that conserve and protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Our efforts make a difference, ensuring a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment for us and future generations. Employees participated in a wide variety of environmental outreach activities in 2016 including:

    • Cleaning beaches, parks, or nature preserves
    • Removing invasive species or planting native species
    • Enhancing wildlife habitat (e.g., bird boxes, or gardens for butterflies and bees)
    • Partnering with local schools to enhance environmental awareness

    Highlights from some of our employee led events are shown below.


  • Supporting Veterans

    For the past four years, our Veteran’s Resource Groups (VRG) have devoted their time, talents and resources to advocating for our veterans. In 2016, the VRG held more than a dozen fundraising events, raising more than USD 24,000 in support of veterans causes. Charities benefiting from these employee-led efforts include Camp Hope, Homes for our Troops, Haven of Hope and the United Service Organization (USO) chapter at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Highlights of some of these activities are illustrated below.


  • Assisting our Employees

    At Baker Hughes, we know our journey is simply not possible without our employees. And, to ensure we are there to support them, we’ve had an organizational ombuds office (o3) in place since 2012. Since that time, over 1,600 employees have found the o3 to be a safe and confidential place to gain guidance with workplace concerns. The o3 helps employees find their way by shedding light on options, revealing potential barriers and finding good ways to move forward. The o3 can also prompt organizational change by highlighting typical challenges to our leaders in ways that protects employee confidentiality. Our ombuds assure our employees feel our Core Values are more than a published statement – they are the foundation on which our company operates. As depicted in the graphic, the most common type of issue in 2016 involved supervisor / employee relationships, which is typical throughout the International Ombudsman Association.

    What Was on Our Employee’s Minds in 2016?

  • Connecting with the Community

    At Baker Hughes, our employees demonstrate their commitment to our Core Values of “integrity, teamwork and courage” by engaging with local communities in ways that matter.  From small teams making a difference to larger company efforts coordinated through our Community Impact Team, we take pride in using our time and talents for worthwhile causes.

    We know that by taking a long-term approach to local community involvement, we can positively influence community development through emphasis on activities involving education, children and health and wellness.  As a company, we focus on partnerships with key organizations and projects best aligned with business and social risks, identified through stakeholder engagement. Highlights of our efforts in 2016 include: